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Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Joins National Park System

The National Park Service

The National Park Service added the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial as America's 420th unit of the National Park System, the National Park Service announced Sept. 18.

The memorial honors Eisenhower’s legacy as the World War II Supreme Allied Commander and nation's 34th president.

Gulf Shores National Seashore Reopens Following Hurricane Sally

The National Park Service

Gulf Islands National Seashore, located in Florida and Mississippi, reopened day use areas, the National Park Service announced.

Crews were able to complete assessments at the Davis Bayou Area of the park and debris has been cleared following Hurricane Sally. Operations will resume under the parks COVID- 19 Phase II operations.

Yosemite National Park Closed Due to Smoke and Hazardous Air Quality

the National Park Service

The National Park Service closed Yosemite National Park, located in California, to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park.
The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen when conditions improve, NPS said.

Kings Canyon Park Closed Due to Smoke and Poor Air Quality

The National Park Service

The National Park Service closed Kings Canyon National Park, located in California, to all visitors due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park, the park service said.
With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least through the weekend. Kings Canyon National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees.

Entire Sequoia National Park Closed Due to Fire

The National Park Service

The National Park Service closed Sequoia National Park in response to the Castle Fire, the park service announced.
Many park staff have been evacuated from the area and for visitor and resource protection, park managers have decided to close all entrances to Sequoia National Park.  

Yellowstone Fire Danger Raised to Very High

National Park Service

The fire danger at Yellowstone National Park is officially VERY HIGH, the National Park Service said.

There are no currently no active woodland fires in the park, nor is there any fire restrictions in place.

Annual NPS Storytelling Event Moved Online for 2020

National Park Service

Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday with storytellers who tell the stories of these special places and spaces.

This year’s event will be moved ONLINE to the park’s social media platforms. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we will feature past recorded storytelling events with female storytellers.

Backcountry Camping Closure at Lassen Volcanic NP Expands

The National Park Service

The National Park Service expanded the area in California's Lassen Volcanic National Park closed backcountry camping due to human-bear interactions, the agency announced.

Bighorn Canyon Boat Launch Open but Swim Beach Closed

The National Park Service

The marina and boat launch in Bighorn National Recreation Area are open but the swim beach remains closed, the National Park Service said.

Crow Tribal Chairman AJ Not Afraid has extended the Tribe’s stay at home order through August 31 given concerns about the impacts of the coronavirus on the Crow Reservation.

Padre Island National Seashore Prohibits Vehicles Until August

The National Park Service

Padre Island National Seashore, located in Texas, will temporarily close vehicular access to North Beach and South Beach, the National Park Service said.

The closure, in effect to reduce the spread of COVID-19, will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Fossil Beds NM Reopens Visitor Center on Weekends

The National Park Service

On July 17, Fossil Beds National Monument, in Oregon, increased facilities access, the National Park Service said.
Visits can access the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm., with an occupancy of up to ten visitors at a time inside the building. However, the fossil gallery, movie theater, and Junior Ranger room will not be open to the public at this time. 

Voyageurs National Park Reopens Campsites

National Park Service

On July 17, 2020 Voyageurs National Park reopened access to campsites, the National Park Service said.
King Williams Narrows Campground, Mukooda campground and group campsites are available for reservations for organized groups.

Liberty and Ellis Islands Partially Reopen on July 20

National Park Service

Liberty and Ellis Islands intend to partially reopen July 20, pending the New York City’s move into Phase Four of New York State’s reopening plan, the National Park Service announced.

When the park partially open, visitors will have access to grounds of Liberty and Ellis Islands, Statue of Liberty Museum, Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, and limited food and gift shop services. The interior of the Statue of Liberty, including the pedestal and crown, remains closed and will be included as part of a later reopening phase.

Glacier's Famous Going-to-Sun-Road to Partially Reopen

National Park Service

Glacier National Park, located in Montana, will open portions of the Going-to-the-Sun Road on July 13, National Park Service.

The Going-to-the-Sun-Road will open to vehicles from the west entrance to Logan Pass and as far as Rising Sun, pending any last-minute changes due to weather. 

Pecos Pueblo Cancels Annual Feast Day

National Park Service

Pecos National Historical Park, located in New Mexico, cancelled this year’s Feast Day at Pecos Pueblo due to COVID-19, said the National Park Service.
This year would have marked the 50th anniversary of the local community fulfilling its promise to perpetually honor the saint by celebrating a feast day mass in the remains of her final church. 

Capulin Volcano Program Cancelled Through August

National Park Service

Capulin Volcano National Monument, located in New Mexico, will put programs on hold through at least August 16th, the National Park Service said.

Capulin Volcano is still open daily to visitors to the top of the Volcano from 8:30am to 4:30pm, with the last car allowed up the volcano at 4:00pm.

Transportation Suspended in North Cascade NP

National Park Service

North Cascades National Park, located in Washington, suspended transportation services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Park Service said.

The shutdown includes concessioner operated services for the Rainbow Falls Tour and hiker shuttle. Visitors can still enjoy the area by walking or finding alternate transportation up the Stehekin Valley Road.

Steamtown NHS Increases Access

National Park Service

Steamtown National Historic Site, located in Pennsylvania, is increasing recreational access, the National Park Service said.

Beginning July 8, from 10am to 4pm visitor will have access to park grounds, the historic Roundhouse, Steam locomotive cutaway exhibit, and the parks store.

Gateway Arch NP Delays Resuming Tram Rides

National Park Service

Gateway Arch National Park will delay Phase II access originally scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 8 due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Missouri, the National Park Service said.

Phase II includes the reopening of the Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movies as well as outdoor National Park Service programming. These experiences will remain unavailable until further notice. 

Cabrillo NM Extends Weekend Hours

National Park Service

Beginning July 10, Cabrillo National Monument, located in California, will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July, the National Park Service said.

The tidepool area will be open on those days until 7:30 p.m. Cabrillo National Monument is opening in phases. In the current phase, all outdoor areas, trails, and restrooms are open. Indoor areas are temporarily closed

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